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Literature / Waking Up Somewhere Else

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Waking Up Somewhere Else is a Wattpad story written by Your Pet Cactus.

Its synopsis is as follows: A group of teenagers wake up in a mansion ran by a mysterious "woman in white." They need to find out why they are there while also trying not to get murdered by the person among them who is helping this mysterious woman in white. They create friendships and lose trust along the way. How will they escape this mad mansion of murder?

Beware of spoilers below.

A sequel was also released and it's currently ongoing.


This story provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Kayla for Nick. He thinks she's very annoying.

  • Action Survivor: Everyone, more or less but especially Chasity and Michael.

  • Acquitted Too Late: Done intentionally by the white woman. The victims don't get to know whether their vote on the killer is right or not until the suspect is killed.

  • Affably Evil: Nick maintains the politeness even after being revealed as the killer.

  • Animal Metaphor: The white woman is revealed to use mice to represent her victims. Every time one of them is killed, she stomps another mouse.

  • Anti-Villain: Compared to his mom at least, Nick is this. He was ready to betray her just to be with Chasity.

  • Asshole Victim: It's a little hard to feel sorry for Kayla when she's been acting all Entitled to Have You towards Nick. This also applies to the white woman when she's killed by Michael.

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  • Bad People Abuse Animals: She doesn't abuse them, Ven outright kills mice just to represent her victims and belittle them.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Out of all the characters, it's Michael who dispatches the Big Bad. Lampshaded by Nick:
    Nick: What? You of all people?!

  • Big Bad: The white woman who's responsible for the kidnapping of the cast. Her son Nick is The Dragon.

  • Blue Is Heroic: Chasity wears pastel blue clothes and she's one of the good guys.

  • Bound and Gagged: This happens to Chasity when Nick kidnaps her so she'll be unable to resist and/or get the upper hand and retaliate.

  • Cassandra Truth: It looks like Nadium is the killer but she insists she was framed. She was right.

  • Conspicuous Gloves: Nick has a pair of those. Nobody questions it, but he's the killer and that's why he has them.

  • Deadly Game: No need to explain.

  • Disappeared Dad: With the condition Nick and his mom Ven ended up in, one has to wonder where his dad is.

  • The Dragon: Nick is this to the white woman AKA his mother.

  • Easily Forgiven: Chasity doesn't seem to mind that her friend Michael and crush Nick are murderers in the end as she happily leaves the mansion with them. Though in Michael's case, the murder was very justified.

  • Entitled to Have You: Kayla's attitude towards Nick and a big reason why she acts like a jerk in the story.

  • Evil Matriarch: Ven is this. Who's her offspring, you ask? It's Nick, and he's the murderer.

  • Fatal Flaw: Randall's anger issues don't do him any good in surviving.

  • Faux Affably Evil: The white woman (or Ven) addresses her victims affectionately and acts bubbly, but that is just a disguise for her truly twisted nature.

  • Fiery Redhead: Kayla is said to have red hair and boy is she fiery...

  • First Love: It's clear that Chasity is the first person that made Nick feel something in his heart.

  • Frame-Up: Nadium really was not the killer. It was Nick.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Randall's defining trait.

  • The Heavy: Nick is the killer and active antagonist here, leaving the white woman as a Non-Action Big Bad.

  • Jerkass: Apart from the white woman, Kayla stands out as the only one to be this as even Randall had some Pet the Dog moments, thus she's the only Asshole Victim.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Randall, despite coming off as unpleasant at first and even losing his tempter to the point of hitting Michael with a potted plant, apologizes for it. Nick also counts as this, as he can be harsh on the others but he's genuinely respectful towards Chasity and Michael.

  • The Leader: Lydia acts as this in the beginning. She's quickly dispatched and Nick takes over.

  • Light Is Not Good: Before her name was revealed, Ven was only ever called the white woman. And that nickname doesn't exactly sum up who she really is.

  • Love Triangle: Between Kayla and Chasity for Nick. Kayla loses as she dies.

  • Morality Pet: The whole reason why Chasity and Michael are the only ones to survive is because they are this to Nick.

  • The Napoleon: Kayla is mocked for being short and she is by far the least pleasant character in the story.

  • Nice Guy / Nice Girl: Lydia, Chasity, Michael and Nadium.

  • Non-Action Big Bad: Aside from having her son do all the killing, Ven doesn't actually collide with the protagonists directly.

  • Overlord Jr.: Nick.

  • Pet the Dog: Randall apologizes for hitting Michael with a potted plant.

  • The Reveal: The murderer is Nick. He's the son of the white woman, whose name is Ven.

  • Supporting Protagonist: Chasity acts as the character whom the story is told through but ultimately, the story is actually about Nick breaking away from his mother's control.

  • Sympathetic Murderer: Michael, as he was the one who got rid of the Big Bad.

  • Sacrificial Lamb: The first one to be killed is Lydia. She was stabbed with a knife in the chest.

  • Serial Killer: One of the seven is apparently a murderer stalking the rest. It's Nick.

  • Slap-Slap-Kiss:
    (Chasity gives Nick a slap)
    Nick: Excuse me? What was that for??
    Chasity: For putting me down here, for going through with all of this, and for making me actually forgive you!
    (Then she kisses him)
    Chasity: And that's for making me care about you!

  • Sole Survivor: Chasity from the girls and Michael from the boys.

  • Tomboy: Judging from her clothes, Lydia is probably this.

  • Villainous Crush: Nick gains one on Chasity.

  • Villainous Mother-Son Duo: Ven and Nick.

  • Villain Protagonist: Nick is the murderer and also The Dragon to the white woman who's also his mother.

  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Applies to Sacrificial Lamb Lydia who was the first to be killed.

  • Wham Line:
    • Also this line:
    Michael: I killed your mother.

  • Would Hit a Girl: Randall pushes Chasity down a set of stairs when he finds out she voted for him. More extremely, Nick has no qualms about murdering girls.

  • You Monster!: Said by Chasity to Nick when he confesses to her that he's the killer.

  • You Wake Up in a Room: How the story starts for all seven victims. Subverted with Nick, as he knows exactly where they are, who the woman is and why they're there.